15:55 Curragh Sat 12 May 2018
Returns from a short break after satisfying winter on the AW, pick of 2017 turf form would give him every chance from this rating.
Beaten just a length at Navan over this trip (good to yielding) five days ago, capable of going well in a big field but no surprise if finding a few too strong.
Filly has run well over C&D before, though she would probably prefer a better surface to enhance claims and hasn't shown much on the AW in three runs back from a long layoff. Easier to look elsewhere.
Showed lots of promise last year, winning C&D maiden. Fair effort at Naas over trip five days ago on good to yielding. Cheekpieces added today and Oisin Orr's claim means she's one to consider.
Took a while to get going last term as a three-year-old but best efforts eventually came on softer surfaces. Entitled to have needed last month's Navan reappearance over 5f (heavy).
Banging on the door in three runs last autumn over 7f-1m1f, all on testing surfaces at Gowran Park and Tipperary. Poor on reappearance at Cork (7f, heavy) and not certain this drop in trip will improve fortunes.
One win from nine starts and that came in maiden company at Wolverhampton in October on the AW. Struggled off his revised marks subsequently and hard to fancy.
Now eight-years-old and no win on turf since September 2015 at Fairyhouse (6f, good). Couple of scores on the AW since, but lost way in both spheres in last 12 months and not reliable at this point.
Makfi filly with just three starts in maidens behind her, would need a sizeable chunk of improvement to make handicap debut a winning one.
Winner for Stuart Williams in Britain but has not shown anything like that form since arriving in Ireland. Switches from AW to turf, weighted to have a chance but recent efforts don't inspire.
Four starts in AW maidens, one over this trip, failed to yield a win but were not devoid of promise. Needs a bit more now handicapping on turf.
Filly narrowly denied on handicap bow at Dundalk over 5f last month, poor back there in a maiden since. Cannot be crossed off returned to turf if bouncing back and has handled similar surface before.
Gained her second career win in 28 starts over C&D in August but struggled off her revised mark thereafter. Handicapper relented and duly went well in Navan apprentice race on seasonal bow. Player on that form.
Has been consistent so far in 2018 on AW/turf, beaten 2L into fourth in 23-runner apprentice contest at Navan (5½f, yielding to soft) last month off this rating. Should give running again.
Ten-race maiden, showed some promise for Charles Hills in Britain but unable to repeat since joining current handler. Drops right down in trip on first outing since December.
Tends to save best for the AW these days and been hit and miss there of late, dropped right down the ratings having run fair races over 5f/6f here last summer and recent Dundalk effort was positive. Not out of the reckoning.
Couple of wins over 5f/6f at Tipperary and Navan on soft going in the autumn, not out of this contest on that evidence if fully wound up for return to action. Market may guide.
Winner of Navan apprentice contest last month over an extra half-furlong, 5lb higher but run well on the AW off this mark since and booking of Kevin Manning a positive.
Seven-race maiden, yet to really threaten the judge, off since July and tackles 5f for the first time. Best watched.
One win to date came at 5f at Ffos Las but needs a bounce back based on two runs last month. Easier to oppose for now.
Went close over 6f (good) at Navan in April 2017 in apprentice handicap (rated 52), then unsighted for 372 days and so may have need last week's Dundalk run. Better effort cannot be ruled out.
Nice-race maiden, went within 2L on return from a break at Dundalk this month over 6f. Can be given some claims on that effort, if this shorter journey isn't a worry.
Not won since 2016 but ran some cracking races last year, entitled to have needed reappearance at Navan last time, filly could have a say in this from current rating.
C&D winner in this month last year on good ground, hasn't looked like repeating on AW or turf since, though last month's Navan run over 5½f was more like it.
Won in Japan in 2016, hasn't threatened in four starts for current handler and needs this drastic drop in trip to work oracle after poor attempt last month at Dundalk (1m, AW).
It is now 34 races and no win for this maiden, little in formbook to suggest that will change soon and not suited on these terms in any case.
Well beaten back from a break finishing 16th of 23 beaten over 11L in a Navan handicap last month. Hard to be confident.
Poor stuff in three 2016 turf outings for Gavin Cromwell, beaten 8L over 6f at Dundalk on the AW in first start for new trainer / return from 568 days off (First Reserve).
Last Year's Winner
Sweetest Taboo (6/1), Captain Midnight (7/1), Doonard Prince (7/1), Brave Display (10/1), Gopsies Daughter (10/1), Tush (10/1), Nora Batt (11/1), Voge (11/1), Admirality (14/1), Pillar (14/1), New Identity (16/1), Blastofmagic (16/1), Polly Douglas (16/1), Rapid Reaction (18/1), Court Queen (20/1), My Good Brother (20/1), Nightflight (20/1), Lily's Prince (25/1), Rising Eagle (25/1), Dandy Sue (33/1), Landline (33/1), Louth Lion (33/1), Noble Kingsway (33/1), Chosen Rock (33/1), Von Trapped (40/1), Coto (50/1), One Love One Heart (50/1), Cherry Kool (50/1), Ahundrednotout (50/1), Scobias (66/1)
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